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Bottle jar: C.624-1991

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Current Location: In storage






Bottle jar. Grey stoneware, thrown and turned, covered in white slip, and painted in iron-brown under a crazed grey/green glaze. The truncated body with flattened shoulders, tapers towards the slightly recessed, flat base. The neck is missing and has been replaced with a European stoneware neck. The glaze and slip stop short of the base. The body is decorated in brown with two large, lobed, lozenge-shape reserves each containing a single robed figure, one seated on a rug and one standing holding a branch. Spiral motifs decorate the spandrels. The shoulders are decorated with four panels containing flower heads interspersed with a flower head on a cross-hatched ground.


History note: Possibly purchased from Dorn, June 1921, for £6.0s.0d; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 17.4 cm
Height: 24.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century
Circa 1500 - 1600

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Glaze composed of glaze ( crazed grey/green glaze)
Decoration composed of slip ( white)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown and turned, white slip, painted in iron-brown under a crazed grey/green glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white, round label, with serrated edge

  • Text: 346
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 150
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in ink
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.624-1991
Primary reference Number: 21096
Old object number: CHICER/848
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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